AIR: All That Ice

Pan American World Airways' Captain Charles Blair, on a busman's holiday one day last winter, streaked across the Atlantic at 450 m.p.h. in his own war-surplus FSI Mustang, and broke the nonstop New York-to-London record by an hour and seven minutes. Ever since, back on the job as boss pilot of a transatlantic Stratocruiser, he worked over plans for an interesting way to get his maroon Excaliber III back home.

Early one morning last week, 41-year-old Airman Blair jammed his 6 ft. 2 in. frame into the fighter's cockpit, gunned down the runway...

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